Have you ever had an addiction to say crack or prescription meds? No? Me either…I was just being nosy and trying to get a better feel for my audience. But speaking of bad addictions….have you checked out Pinterest? For the digital age, the only thing that rivals an addiction to that site is maybe internet pr0n.
Remember being a teenager hanging pictures, of tv stars you were convinced you’d be a perfect match for if only you could meet, on your walls? Or cutting out pictures of dresses or inspirational quotes (ah youth, so naive and unspoiled by reality) and sticking them on a bulletin board? Then remember your parents screaming at you for ruining their walls by using tape or thumbtacks to hang those pictures? Well, Pinterest is like that, except it’s all digital (so no ruining walls or having your spouse see which celebs you’re
masturbating to crushing on now).
I’ll admit that I’ve fallen into the craze, much more so than Google+. I have my usual food board (cuz I think I’m supposed to do that) but then I have an “inspirational” board that’s full of really cool stuff that I comment on in my usual bitchy demeanor. If you’d like to check out my boards (or lack thereof…I only have 2 cuz I refuse to get completely sucked in to the madness), you can check them out here: My Man’s Belly Pinterest Boards. Follow me if you can’t get enough of my sparkling wit.The Mediterranean Diet
Something else I’m completely addicted to, at the moment, are these Mediterranean potatoes. Like that smooth segue? But I am serious about these potatoes.
About a month ago I ventured out to try a new Mediterranean restaurant here in town. It’s generic like that because they have food from various Mediterranean countries on the menu (which is a good thing since Craig doesn’t like the food from some of those countries, but some he does – it’s all very complicated). One of the side dishes that caught my eye was the Mediterranean potatoes. Except they did this treatment to french fries instead of oven roasted potatoes. Having made this dish myself with whole potatoes (at least 6 times since that day) I will not order the dish that’s on their menu. I can’t even comprehend how addicted I would be to those fries.
I knew, as soon as I saw what was in the dish I had to make this into a healthy potato recipe. Plus, all of the ingredients in the dish come from that extremely popular Mediterranean diet that everyone has been talking about. I wasn’t kidding about the number of times I’ve made these oven roasted potatoes. I have found that they go with many different main courses, not just Mediterranean dishes. I’ve even used these potatoes on salads.
These Mediterranean potatoes are so easy to make, and so flavorful, I’m sure you’ll add this healthy potato recipe to your regular routine. Especially if some of your favorite Mediterranean dishes are those that are heavy on the lemon and garlic. Don’t worry about leftovers either. These potatoes keep and re-heat really well, even with the feta cheese on them.
AskMen.com has a feature they call the Weekly Pick Up Line. When I start feeling like I miss the days of being single I pop open a bottle of wine and start pouring glasses (for myself). Once I’ve finished half of the bottle, I go over to Ask Men and check out the lines. This makes me feel like I’m back at the bar with my girlfriends and dealing with the douchey lines that guys think are so cool. I keep drinking until one of the lines actually makes me smile and think that the guy delivering it might actually get lucky. Most of the time I finish the entire bottle and never find one that even comes close.
I wake up covered in my own drool with a headache the size of Texas and no strange man lying next to me. Just like when I was single.
To give you an idea of these fantastic odes to love, some of these neanderthals think are poetic gems, I thought I would spare you the internet trip and bring this to you.
“I’ve had a terrible day, and it always makes me happy to see a gorgeous woman smile. Would you smile for me?”
How would you respond to someone saying that to you?
Recipe: Mediterranean Potatoes
- 1 Pound Small Potatoes
- 2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
- 4-6 Cloves of Garlic (minced)
- Handful of Parsley (leaves only – chopped small)
- 1/2 Lemon (juiced)
- Feta Cheese
- Kosher Salt
- Freshly Ground Black Pepper
- Preheat oven to 450 degrees Farenheit.
- Put potatoes on a rimmed baking sheet and drizzle them with the olive oil.
- Using your hands, make sure that the potatoes are coated with oil (yes, you’re going to get a bit messy).
- Arrange potatoes so that they are well spaced on the pan and cook for 30-40 minutes (they should be slightly browned but soft when pierced with a fork when done).
- While the potatoes are cooking, place the garlic and parsley in a medium sized bowl.
- When potatoes are done, slide them into the bowl with the garlic and parsley.
- Add the lemon juice to the hot potatoes and stir to coat the potatoes with the garlic, parsley and lemon juice.
- Add salt and pepper to taste.
- Add a handful, or two, of feta cheese to the potatoes and stir again.
I like my potatoes to have a more lemony flavor, so I use the juice of a whole lemon. Adjust this flavor to everyone’s taste.
This recipe also works for larger potatoes. Just make sure you cut them into 1-2 inch pieces.
Preparation time: 15 minute(s)
Cooking time: 30 minute(s)
Diet type: Vegetarian
Diet tags: Gluten free
Number of servings (yield): 2
Culinary tradition: Greek
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